The judges

The high standard of entries for this year's Audit & Risk Awards has made the shortlisting process particularly challenging and the judges faced exceptionally tough decisions. Our judging panel is as follows:

Geraldine Rutter - PwC, Partner

Geraldine Rutter sits on the PwC internal audit leadership team and leads PwC’s commercial internal audit service offering in the regions, working across a number of sectors.

She has extensive experience of assurance, risk management and controls assessments gained over 24 years of working with clients on a range of internal and external audits as well as advisory assignments. She is currently Head of Internal Audit for a number of organisations and leads internal audit co-source partnerships for FTSE 250 companies.


Liz Sandwith - Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA

Liz Sandwith has over 28 years’ experience in internal audit and risk management. She spent 13 years as Head of Internal Audit at Channel 5, followed by five at BUPA, where she was Head of Assurance, Risk and Compliance and Head of Internal Audit Operations.

She has worked with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Electoral Commission and has advised local authorities on internal audit and risk management issues. She was President of the Institute in 2000-2001.


Ruth Prickett - Editor, Audit & Risk

Ruth Prickett has been Editor of Audit & Risk magazine since 2010. She was previously Editor of Financial Management, the magazine for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

In the past she has worked on a wide range of professional and business titles, including People Management, Estates Gazette and Accounting Technician, as well as helping to devise and write white papers and customer publications for organisations including HSBC and Vodafone.


Elizabeth Honer - Chief Executive, Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)

Elizabeth Honer has been the Chief Executive of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) since October 2018. Her career spans over 25 years in the public sector, including in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Houses of Parliament and the National Archives.

She is a qualified Accountant with expertise in strategy, governance and risk management at board- level. She has championed inclusivity in the workplace and has an MSc in Managing Organisational Performance from Cranfield School of Management.